May 14, 2019 •

News You Can Use Video Digest

As states adjourn their legislative sessions, new laws concerning lobbying and campaign finance take effect. Check out which states have made changes in this weeks video digest!  

As states adjourn their legislative sessions, new laws concerning lobbying and campaign finance take effect. Check out which states have made changes in this weeks video digest!

 

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May 14, 2019 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Duped into Making a Bogus Campaign Donation? Call a Prosecutor” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg Government Oklahoma: “Does Citizens United Apply to Cherokee Nation Election Campaigns? Hearing Set to Consider Possible Disqualification of Cherokee Chief Candidate David […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Duped into Making a Bogus Campaign Donation? Call a Prosecutor” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg Government

Oklahoma: “Does Citizens United Apply to Cherokee Nation Election Campaigns? Hearing Set to Consider Possible Disqualification of Cherokee Chief Candidate David Walkingstick” by Corey Jones for Tulsa World

Oregon: “Prosecutor’s $500 Donation to Judge’s Campaign Draws Ethics Complaint” by Aimee Green for Portland Oregonian

Ethics

National: “Rudy Giuliani Cancels His Trip to Ukraine, Blaming Democrats’ ‘Spin’” by Kenneth Vogel (New York Times) for MSN

National: “White House Asked McGahn to Declare Trump Never Obstructed Justice” by Michael Schmidt (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Trump and His Allies Are Blocking More Than 20 Separate Democratic Probes in an All-Out War with Congress” by Rachael Bade and Seung Min Kim (Washington Post) for MSN

Missouri: “St. Louis Economic Development Chief Pleads Guilty in Pay-to-Play Scheme; Stenger Donor Indicted” by Robert Patrick and Jeremy Kohler for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lobbying

Canada: “Watchdog Warns Lobbyists About Partisan Fundraisers, Expressing Political Views” by Carl Meyer for National Observer

Procurement

Mississippi: “Pay to Play? Why Did Mississippi Lawmakers Give This Company So Much Education Money?” by Giacomo Bologna for Jackson Clarion-Ledger

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May 13, 2019 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Federal Election Commission Lays Bare Internal Conflicts and Challenges in Letter to Congress” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Responsive Politics California: “Some Donors Sought Out by Garcetti’s PAC Don’t Have to Be Disclosed” by Dakota Smith […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Federal Election Commission Lays Bare Internal Conflicts and Challenges in Letter to Congress” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Responsive Politics

California: “Some Donors Sought Out by Garcetti’s PAC Don’t Have to Be Disclosed” by Dakota Smith for Los Angeles Times

Massachusetts: “Regulators Slash the Dollar Amount Unions Can Donate to Candidates in Mass.” by Matt Stout for Boston Globe

South Dakota: “Federal Judge Strikes Down IM 24 as Unconstitutional” by Lisa Kaczek for Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Ethics

National: “Rudy Giuliani Plans Ukraine Trip to Push for Inquiries That Could Help Trump” by Kenneth Vogel for New York Times

Canada: “Lynn Beyak Suspended from Senate Over Refusal to Delete Racist Letters from Website” by Joan Bryden (Canadian Press) for Vancouver Sun

Florida: “Prolific Tallahassee Businessman J.T. Burnette Indicted in FBI Corruption Investigation” by Jeff Burlew for Tallahassee Democrat

Pennsylvania: “Former Philly City Representative Desiree Peterkin Bell Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges” by Chris Palmer for Philadelphia Inquirer

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May 10, 2019 •

Bill in Ontario Addresses Leadership Fundraising

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On April 29, a bill was introduced in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for purposes of clarifying certain contributions. Bill 103, the Election Finances Amendment Act (Leadership Fundraising Loophole) 2019, amends the Election Finances Act and provides that contributions to […]

On April 29, a bill was introduced in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for purposes of clarifying certain contributions.

Bill 103, the Election Finances Amendment Act (Leadership Fundraising Loophole) 2019, amends the Election Finances Act and provides that contributions to a leadership campaign following a leadership vote may only be used for the purpose of paying off campaign debt.

If passed, the private member’s bill introduced by MPP John Fraser, will come into effect on the day it receives Royal Assent.

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May 10, 2019 •

Federal Judge Rules South Dakota Initiated Measure 24 Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann struck down a ban on out-of-state contributions to ballot question committees recently passed by voters. Kornmann found Initiated Measure 24 unconstitutional because it violates First Amendment rights to engage in political speech. Additionally, Kornmann said […]

U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann struck down a ban on out-of-state contributions to ballot question committees recently passed by voters.

Kornmann found Initiated Measure 24 unconstitutional because it violates First Amendment rights to engage in political speech.

Additionally, Kornmann said the measure violates the Commerce Clause by interfering with the free flow of money between persons from another state and South Dakota committees.

The ruling is a permanent injunction that stops the planned implementation on July 1.

The state must now determine if it will appeal the decision to the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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May 10, 2019 •

South Carolina Legislature Calls Statewide Session

South Carolina Capitol Building

The 123rd General Assembly adjourned at 5 p.m. Thursday after approving a resolution allowing lawmakers to reconvene for a statewide session beginning May 20. Concurrent Resolution 785 provides that the General Assembly meet in a statewide session to consider special […]

The 123rd General Assembly adjourned at 5 p.m. Thursday after approving a resolution allowing lawmakers to reconvene for a statewide session beginning May 20.

Concurrent Resolution 785 provides that the General Assembly meet in a statewide session to consider special matters including any vetoes by Gov. Henry McMaster.

Additionally, the Assembly will consider bills that have passed both Houses in different versions and are in a conference committee.

The General Assembly will return at noon on May 20 and continue until not later than 5 p.m. on May 22.

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May 10, 2019 •

Long Beach Residents Can Apply to Serve on Newly Formed Ethics Commission

Long Beach, California

City officials are accepting applications for the ethics commission approved by voters last November. The charter amendment established a seven-member ethics commission. The ethics commission will implement campaign finance, lobbying, conflicts of interest, and governmental ethics laws. Qualified applicants may […]

City officials are accepting applications for the ethics commission approved by voters last November.

The charter amendment established a seven-member ethics commission.

The ethics commission will implement campaign finance, lobbying, conflicts of interest, and governmental ethics laws.

Qualified applicants may not concurrently hold elective office, work as an officer for a city candidate campaign, be a city employee, or employ or be employed by anyone required to register as a city lobbyist.

The mayor and city auditor will make four appointments to be confirmed by City Council.

The remaining three members will be appointed by the confirmed commissioners.

The deadline for submitting applications is June 7.

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May 10, 2019 •

Greater Akron Chamber’s Empowering Women Luncheon Honors Female Leader

Business women in the Greater Akron Region gathered to honor Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling at the Greater Akron Chamber’s Knowledgeable Network of Women (KNOW) Empowering Women Luncheon on May 8 at the Fairlawn Hilton. As WKYC-TV’s first female chief meteorologist […]

Business women in the Greater Akron Region gathered to honor Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling at the Greater Akron Chamber’s Knowledgeable Network of Women (KNOW) Empowering Women Luncheon on May 8 at the Fairlawn Hilton.

As WKYC-TV’s first female chief meteorologist and creator of Channel 3’s Weather Education Day with the Cleveland Indians, Kling addressed the daily challenges professional women face in striving to manage work and family life.

Kling narrated her journey in building her career and emphasizing the importance of setting aside occasional personal time.

She said taking time for herself strengthens the way she is able to help those around her.

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May 9, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Trump Endorsed a Super PAC Supporting Him – and Here’s Why That Might Not Be a Legal Problem” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post Michigan: “Attorney General, Confused About How Nonprofit Tied to Duggan Operates” […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Trump Endorsed a Super PAC Supporting Him – and Here’s Why That Might Not Be a Legal Problem” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post

Michigan: “Attorney General, Confused About How Nonprofit Tied to Duggan Operates” by Joe Guillen and Kat Stafford for Detroit Free Press

Elections

Virginia: “Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor Threatens Virginia Democrats Over Election Fraud Allegations” by Griffin Connolly for Roll Call

Ethics

Georgia: “A Mayor Reportedly Said Her City Isn’t Ready for Black Leader. A Council Member Went Further.” by Michael Price-Sadler for Washington Post

Maryland: “UMMS Scandal: Medical system board chairman, two others resign as additional contract revealed” by Luke Broadwater and Kevin Rector for Baltimore Sun

Ohio: “Ohio Ethics Commission: Five Cincinnati City Council members can’t vote on texting motion” by Nick Swartsell for Cincinnati City Beat

Tennessee: “Tennessee House Speaker’s Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Sexually Explicit Texts Scandal” by Joel Ebert and Natalie Allison (The Tennessean) for USA Today

Washington DC: “FOIA Restrictions Would Shield D.C. Officials Who Use Email for Personal Business” by Peter Jamison for Washington Post

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May 8, 2019 •

North Dakota Governor Signs Lobbying Bills

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum by Senior Master Sgt. David H Lipp

Gov. Doug Burgum signed the last 53 bills remaining from the 2019 North Dakota legislative session, including House Bill 1521 and Senate Bill 2148. House Bill 1521 establishes an ethics commission to hold state elected officials and legislators accountable. The […]

Gov. Doug Burgum signed the last 53 bills remaining from the 2019 North Dakota legislative session, including House Bill 1521 and Senate Bill 2148.

House Bill 1521 establishes an ethics commission to hold state elected officials and legislators accountable.

The bill also requires a lobbyist who expends an amount greater than $200 for the purpose of lobbying to file a report with the Office of Secretary of State.

The report must include the source of the funds and prohibits a lobbyist from giving, soliciting, or facilitating a gift to a public official with a value of over $60.

Additionally, the bill requires any person who expends an amount greater than $200 to influence state government action file a report with the Office of Secretary of State on or before August 1.

The sections of House Bill 1521 establishing an ethics commission became effective on May 2, while the sections on report filing become effective on January 5, 2021.

Senate Bill 2148 requires the legislative management to study the implementation and requirements of Article XIV of the Constitution of North Dakota.

The study concerns the transparency of funding sources, lobbyists, responsibilities of the ethics commission, and a review of existing laws and laws enacted to implement Article XIV.

The legislative management must report its findings and recommendations to the 67th Legislative Assembly, with any legislation necessary to implement the recommendations.

Senate Bill 2148 becomes effective on August 1.

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May 8, 2019 •

Special Elections announced for Birmingham City Council

A special election will take place on October 8 for City Council Districts 1, 6, and 7. The seats were filled through appointments following vacancies late last year and early January. The council appointed Clinton Woods to the District 1 […]

A special election will take place on October 8 for City Council Districts 1, 6, and 7.

The seats were filled through appointments following vacancies late last year and early January.

The council appointed Clinton Woods to the District 1 seat formerly held by current Jefferson County Commissioner Lashunda Scales.

Crystal Smitherman was appointed to the District 6 seat previously held by current Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson.

Following the resignation of Jay Roberson, who left the council after moving to Alabaster, the council appointed Wardine Alexander to the District 7 seat.

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May 8, 2019 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance New York: “Ethics Cloud Hangs Over de Blasio as He Weighs Presidential Run” by William Neuman for New York Times Oklahoma: “Donations to Lawmakers Keep Flowing Even as They Vote on Bills” by Trvor Brown for Oklahoma Watch […]

Campaign Finance

New York: “Ethics Cloud Hangs Over de Blasio as He Weighs Presidential Run” by William Neuman for New York Times

Oklahoma: “Donations to Lawmakers Keep Flowing Even as They Vote on Bills” by Trvor Brown for Oklahoma Watch

Ethics

National: “Trump Would Have Been Charged with Obstruction Were He Not President, Hundreds of Former Federal Prosecutors Assert” by Matt Zapotosky (Washington Post) for MSN

New Hampshire: “What Counts as a Campaign Expense? For Some Lawmakers, It Includes Flowers and Dry Cleaning” by Casey McDermott for New Hampshire Public Radio

Lobbying

National: “Biden Faces Dilemma Over K Street Allies” by Alex Gangitano for The Hill

Arizona: “Arizona Attorney General Investigating Former Republican Lawmaker for Lobbying Activity” by Ryan Randazzo for Arizona Republic

New York: “For Years, Top NY Lobbying Firm Went Unpaid for Campaign Work” by Chris Bragg for Albany Times Union

Pennsylvania: “Eight Demonstrators Removed from Pa. House Gallery After Showering Money on Lawmakers; 17 Cited in All” by Charles Thompson for PennLive

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May 7, 2019 •

Annapolis Mayor Sets Dates for Ward 6 Special Elections

Annapolis City Hall via Preserve Maryland

On May 5, Mayor Gavin Buckley issued a proclamation declaring the Ward 6 council seat vacant after the resignation of former Alderwoman Shaneka Henson. Henson was selected to complete the term of the late Michael Busch in the Maryland House […]

On May 5, Mayor Gavin Buckley issued a proclamation declaring the Ward 6 council seat vacant after the resignation of former Alderwoman Shaneka Henson.

Henson was selected to complete the term of the late Michael Busch in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Henson resigned after last Monday’s regular City Council meeting.

According to the City Charter, the Mayor had to issue a proclamation to fill the council seat within five days after receiving the resignation and schedule the dates for a special election.

The dates for the two special elections are the primary on June 4, with the general on July 2.

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May 7, 2019 •

New York City Campaign Finance Board Proposes Rulemaking Amendments

The New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Campaign Finance Program. Amendments address disclosure, contributions, expenditures, public fund payments, and disclosure of independent expenditures. Proposed rules amend and clarify the following […]

The New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Campaign Finance Program.

Amendments address disclosure, contributions, expenditures, public fund payments, and disclosure of independent expenditures.

Proposed rules amend and clarify the following sections:

  • The reporting requirement of an in-kind contribution’s fair market value
  • The next contribution limit adjustment to occur in 2022
  • Enumerate the categories of prohibited contributions
  • Cash contributions from a single source
  • Attribution of expenditures after the date of a contested primary
  • Update other provisions of the Campaign Finance Program

The public hearing on the proposed rules will take place on June 13.

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